Restorative Yoga before Bed or in Bed
An unexpected email, notification or news/media story can trigger your stress response. It’s natural – the brain receives new information that requires immediate action, and so your stress hormones are released to help deal with the situation.
They stimulate your sympathetic nervous system, or our ‘fight or flight’ mode, preparing the body physically for a swift exit by accelerating your heart rate, increasing muscle tension and dilating your pupils to make you more responsive. So when you then lie down and shut your eyes, your body isn’t ready to rest, preventing you from getting the good-quality sleep you need.
Restorative Yoga is a type of Yoga that’s perfect for the evenings. It uses floor-based poses allowing you stay in them for longer, encouraging you to let your body relax, aided by the support of bolsters, blankets and pillows.
This deliberate relaxation can help switch off ‘fight or flight mode’, stimulating instead your parasympathetic nervous system – the system that helps your body rest and digest.
Your bed is the ideal places for doing Restorative Yoga poses before sleep, helping you feel relaxed and comfortable, and you may even find that you drift off before you finish your practice!
Recommended Props to use for this class – bolster/pillows, blanket, block, bed.
I hope you enjoy the sequence! Let me know in the comments if you tried it out and what you discovered 🙂
*if you’re not sure if this class is right for you, please contact me for modifications/variations.